Tips & Tricks: Three Ways to Make Phone Dialling Easier on Your BlackBerry Smartphone

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Use speed dial for contacts and for auto dialling your voice mail, and learn how to call contacts’ work extensions on your BlackBerry® smartphone.

Do you call contacts using speed dial? What about speed dialling your voice mail? Have you formatted contacts to dial work extensions? If you answered “no” to any of these questions this article is for you. These simple tips will make phone calls many, many times easier.

Call contacts with speed dial
If you are like most people you dial the same four to five people all the time. Maybe it’s your significant other, your best friend, or your mother and father. No matter who, looking them up in contacts each time you want to talk gets old fast. Do yourself a favour; use speed dial. Speed dial lets you assign phone numbers to numbers on your phone keypad.

For example, you could assign your best friend’s mobile number to “2” on the keypad. When you wish to call your friend, you simply press and hold “2” on your keypad and off you go. Speed dial saves so much time you won’t believe you lived without it.

Note that “1” is automatically assigned to your voice mail number ( see below for more on speed dialing voice mail).

How to set up speed dial for a contact’s phone number:
1. In the phone application, press the Menu key.
2. Click View Speed Dial List .
3. Click any unassigned key.
4. Click New Speed Dial
5. Click the contact you wish to assign to that speed dial key.

Try it

To place a call using speed dial is easy. Simply open the phone application, and then press and hold the key that you assigned to the contact you wish to call. For example, to call the contact you assigned to “3”, just open the phone application and then press and hold “3” until the call begins.

Change the contact assigned to a speed dial key
1. In the phone application, press the Menu key.
2. Click View Speed Dial List .
3. Highlight a contact or phone number.
4. Press the Menu key.
5. Perform one of the following actions:

  • To change the contact that is assigned to a speed dial key, click Edit . Click a new contact.
  • To assign the contact to a different speed dial key, click Move . Click a new speed dial key.
  • To delete the contact from the speed dial list, click Delete .

Speed dial your voice mail
Does this sound like you? To listen to a voice mail message you open the phone application, dial your voice mail access number, and wait for the prompt .

But you could do all of this simply by pressing and holding “1” on your keypad? How? Follow these steps.

Add your voice mail access number and password
1. In the phone application, press the Menu key.
2. Click Options .
3. Click Voice Mail .
4. Type your voice mail access number and your password.
5. Press the Menu key.
6. Click Save .

Try it: Check your voice mail using speed dial

1. Press and hold “ 1 ” on your keypad.
2. Your smartphone will automatically dial your voice mail access number, wait for a few seconds, and then enter your password for you.

Phone shortcuts

  • To insert a plus sign (+) when typing a phone number, press the letter “O” key.
  • To turn on the speakerphone during a call, press the Speakerphone key. To turn off the speakerphone during a call, press the
  • Speakerphone key.
  • To switch the audio path to wired headphones during a call, press the Speakerphone key. To switch back to the previous audio path, press the Speakerphone key again.
  • To check your voice mail, press and hold “1”.
  • To type a letter in a phone number field, press the Alt key and the letter key.

Format contacts to dial work extensions
Ever wondered how best to format a contact’s work phone number with an extension. It is a good question because without proper formatting the phone number may not work at all. When done properly you will be able to dial a contact’s work phone number, including the extension, right from contacts. Follow these steps.

Add an extension to a contact’s work number
1. After typing the main part of a phone number in the contact’s phone number field, press the Menu key.
2. Click Add Pause .
3. Type the extension.
4. Press the Menu key.
5. Click Save .

Now when you dial the contact’s work phone number your smartphone will pause a few seconds and then automatically dial the extension.

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